Revive image of SL

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External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatileka Amunugama today said that Sri Lanka’s fight with the international community is a bigger challenge than winning the 30 year war as the government had to deal with millions of people, billions of resources, big governments and large international media organisations, which he said was a difficult task.
 
He said this was a challenge for a small country such as Sri Lanka. The Secretary called on the public to use internet, print publications, the arts and other means of disseminating information to the international community to revive the country’s image which has been tarnished by allegations of war crimes.
 
Addressing the launch of a book on the Sri Lanka war titled ‘Winning an Unwinnable War’, by J.F. Ranjith Perera, Amunugama said people should use email, social networking sites such as facebook, youtube, the publication of books and other written material in order to have documented evidence of the war period in Sri Lanka.
 
He said although it was unknown to the public, the government was working strenuously behind the scenes to win the support of the international community. “We don’t expose most of what is happening to the public eye but we will win the war with the international community,” he said.
 
“The international community is downplaying what we have achieved in winning the war or are accusing us of violating human rights.
Documented information on the country during the war should be made available to the international community. This will help change their mind sets about Sri Lanka and the war crimes allegations levelled against the country,” Chief of Staff Major General Daya Ratnayake who also addressed the occasion said. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

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  • Desman TuTu Sunday, 28 August 2011 01:32 AM

    We need better qualified, more experienced western friendly sri lankans in diplomatic missions. In lack such personnel will only promote incompetence.

    Tilak Saturday, 27 August 2011 05:16 AM

    Mr. Amunugama is an unassuming, honest & hardworking individual.
    A rose among thorns who deserve the support of all Sri Lankans both here & abroad.

    Indrajith Saturday, 27 August 2011 05:30 AM

    At last foreign secretary seems in the right track. There are a little bit of ground work we need to do in regard sir.

    Konde Bendapucheenaa Saturday, 27 August 2011 06:05 AM

    You are much better for the JOB,when you were in CHINA did good job

    european1 Saturday, 27 August 2011 07:42 AM

    At last somebody is talking in sri lanka, Dear mr. Amunugama, please use SL emabassies for this purpose, if they know how to do this, we need attract europeans who are educated, working in govt and top private sector etc, question is embassys dont know how to organise such event with help from chosen proff.expats and europeans(also proffs ). even when explains to them they dont understand this includes ambasserders, Very Good exple, SL Embassy Sweden......... germany, france.... need more....

    Chinthana Saturday, 27 August 2011 07:44 AM

    Not only in China, he did a wonderful job representning Sri Lanka when he was based in Thailand as Sri Lanka's Ambassador. Best wishes to you for your efforts to inform the world and revive Sri Lanka's image.

    Sahan Saturday, 27 August 2011 09:06 AM

    If the GOLS has the will to fulfill the political aspirations of Tamils,that alone will raise the image of SL.

    Damien Perera Saturday, 27 August 2011 09:27 AM

    First and most, our Embassies and High Commissions need a thorough shake up. If Mr. Amunugama is serious about what he says, then he must start at the beginning, which is, the staffing of our Missions abroad. No point in the public getting involved through the internet if our Foreign Missions are full of nincompoos who are there only because of their connections.

    Damien Perera Saturday, 27 August 2011 09:29 AM

    How can the image be improved if the Govt. keeps kicking itself, the latest being the "grease yakka" phenomenon?

    prf Saturday, 27 August 2011 09:34 AM

    stabalise DEMOCRASY & FREE MEDIA, give more powers to NORTH-EAST


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